2018

6 Good Things about a Cancerous Life Overseas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 16, 2018

I have cancer. The first time I said it out loud, I actually had to shout it into my phone. Like shout. As in, “I HAVE CANCER!!!!!” And since I am anti-exclamation points, let the fact that I just used, like, a bajillion, communicate how loudly I shouted it. I shouted, “I have cancer,” because […]

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The Banana Story

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 13, 2018

  A lady called at my gate, “Sister! Sister!” How annoying, I thought. It’s not even 8am. Peeking out from my back door I recognized my neighbor and her daughter. They live a short distance away behind a group of banana trees. Opening the gate, my neighbor stood before me looking at the ground. I […]

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Capable of Complexity

by Marilyn on November 11, 2018

I loved growing up overseas. I loved that I knew how to traverse the globe at a young age, that I grew up on curry and hot pakoras, that I could see some of the highest mountains in the world from the grounds of my boarding school. I loved the colorful stamps in my passport – […]

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by Beth Watkins It’s been a little more than a year since my husband, a new immigrant, and I relocated back to the U.S. after I’d been away for more than 6 years. It’s hard being back. They call it re-entry shock – the special kind of culture shock that happens when you’re back in […]

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Saying “God Called Me” Can Be Dangerous

by Amy Medina on November 4, 2018

Back when I was 23 and raising support to be a missionary in Tanzania, you would have heard me say, “God is calling me.” I would have told you that I had a heart for teaching missionary kids. I would have told you that I loved Africa and wanted to see God’s kingdom built there. […]

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Would You Even Like Jesus?

by Jonathan Trotter on November 1, 2018

Would you even like Jesus? Would you like him, if he came into your church and started yelling about houses of prayer? Or would you call him just another angry man? Would you like him if he told you to sell even some of your stuff and give the proceeds to the poor? Or would […]

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At the Night Market, Some Flavors Are Better Left Untried

by Craig Thompson on October 31, 2018

  In my last post, I talked about the cultural mistakes we often make when we move overseas—mistakes that can make us laugh or cringe or even wince in pain or regret. Below is one of my own that I enjoy laughing about. I invite you to laugh with me . . . and maybe cringe a […]

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TCK Lessons: “What About the Internet?”

by Editor on October 28, 2018

by Tanya Crossman In part one of this series, I explained the lesson “Everyone leaves.” This is something most TCKs “learn” through their experiences growing up internationally. I chose to leave space at the end of the piece to reflect on how this “lesson” affects TCKs, rather than jump straight to solutions. When we skip straight […]

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TCK Lessons: “Everyone Leaves”

by Editor on October 26, 2018

by Tanya Crossman The experience of living overseas as a child is very different to the experience of living overseas as an adult. The impact of childhood experiences last a lifetime. They are formative experiences – they teach us how the world works. We all internalise ‘lessons’ from our childhood experiences. TCKs grow up between […]

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Lord, Keep Me Weeping

by Editor on October 24, 2018

by Stacey Hare The day began by watching my deceased neighbor be buried in his front yard. The day ended by watching another neighbor beat a little boy violently. Death and violence are a part of everyday life here in the village. There is a part of me that asks the question: Is it ever […]

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Why Expats Love Community and Struggle to Find it Again

by Jerry Jones on October 22, 2018

I love me some community. Who doesn’t? Am I right? It’s one of those super-slick buzz words that makes every experience sound better. “Yeah, we live in a mud hut, have no internet, eat tree moss and get malaria twice a year . . . but the sense of community is amazing. “ “Heck yeah. Sign me up.” […]

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by Beth Barthelemy About a year ago, we had our very first visitors since arriving on South African soil (about a year before that). After months of anticipation, our pastor and friends from our U.S. church arrived to spend a week with us. They did not come as a short term team, with a particular […]

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